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Polio, Joseph (full)
Henry C. Lee College of Criminal Justice & Forensic Sciences
Criminal Justice
Academic Credentials


    M.S., University of New Haven, 2000
    B.S., University of New Haven, 1974

    Certificates and Awards

    • Graduate, 160th FBI National Academy, Quantico, VA

    • State of Connecticut, Certified Police Instructor

    • Emergency Medical Services Technician/Instructor

    • Over his thirty year career, Joe has received multiple awards of recognition at the municipal, state, federal and private agency levels, for line of duty and community based actions.

    •  Joe is active in volunteer work at the United States Veteran's Administration Hospital.

    •  He was a member of the Board of Directors for Continuum of Care, a residential program for persons with disabilities, and acted as Vice President of the Holding Company.


    • Joe Polio has spent 30 years in local law enforcement.  He joined the university staff after his retirement as a patrol captain in the Uniformed Services Division, New Haven CT. Serving as a lieutenant in Human Resources, he directed investigative teams and screened candidates for police service.  While a lieutenant, he supervised the Central Communications Service.

    • Joe was an integral member of Community Oriented Policing team, acting as a District Manager in three distinctly different communities, from its inception, until his promotion to the administrative position of Captain.

    • The Sergeant rank, as a street supervisor, was followed by appointment to the position as Administrative Aide to the Chief, where he fielded second level traffic prior to a response by the chief, evaluated threats with state and federal agencies and served as liaison between government officials and police administrators.

    • Joe started as a patrol officer in 1969, attended the university full time, and was later assigned to the Division of Education and Personnel as a police instructor.

    • He was a charter member and later coordinator of the New Haven Police Stress Unit for 24 years, a peer counseling team that assisted department members in crisis. 

    • As a police officer, he was a charter member of the Hostage Negotiation and SWAT Teams.